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for more flight delays triggered by the sequester. some of the busiest airports fell behind schedule. faa furloughs went into effect leaving fewer air traffic controllers on the job and we have more from abc's matt gutman. >> reporter: the delays piled up in charlotte. waits up to 75 minutes at baltimore washington and at all three new york airports. >> when you have cuts like this, it's not good. it's one of the very few jobs, i think, that should not have one. >> reporter: the faa didn't mince words, blaming most of the backlog on federal budget cuts. the agency said, the crunch forced it to furlough its air traffic controllers one day every other week. it saves the agency nearly $640 million, but the faa says it could cost travelers 90-minute delays on 6,700 flights every day. and the early numbers show delays at baltimore washington anew york's laguardia, spiking fourfold over last monday. part of that could be weather related. but at other airports like philadelphia, not much change. to see for ourselves, we boarded a flight in miami for orlando. here's the confusing thing. the fligh
because the faa is being forced to furlough thousands of air traffic controllers. abc's matt gutman has more from miami. good morning, matt. >> reporter: good morning, josh. the delays are already piling up. new york area airports reporting delays of over an hour. l.a.x. over three hours overnight. this is just the start. the faa now warning that as many as 6,700 flights could be delayed every day.the sequestrac across-the-board budgets cuts across-the-board budgets cuts are forcing furloughs. fewer planes in the air translates into delays. about 5,000 planes in the air at a given time and fewer eyes in the tower, the faa is slowing air traffic for safety. planes could both be prevented from landing and taking off. those inevitable delays could cost travelers more than just their time. >> airlines may have to cut flights. that will drive up ticket prices. demand will be high. >> reporter: the only antidote? said senator chuck schumer. >> we need democrats and republicans to meet in the middle and end the sequestration that causes the problems. >> reporter: analysts said there's not much
an hour long. >> reporter: the faa is blaming the delays on across-the-board budget cuts which, it says, forced it on to furlough 15,000 air traffic controllers and other workers and were spacing out flights in the name of safety. several hundred flights delayed, less than the agency's prediction of 6,700 daily flight delays. but transportation secretary ray lahood warns abc, we might see an airplane apocalypse yet. >> we did not take into account weather activities. these delays could get extended beyond the 60 to 90 minutes. >> reporter: late monday, i decided to investigate the delays myself. taking a round-trip from miami -- not bad. taking off about 25 minutes late. to orlando -- it looks like we're about to take off about 50 minutes late. not too bad given the circumstances. and back. now, a lot of folks back in there gripe that probably the airports that the politicians and congressmen use, washington national, probably didn't have too many delays. it did. delays up to two hours. airline analysts say if this persists through the summer, we could see ticket prices start to rise. r
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